PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7963 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2574 times:
As AZJ mentioned, and the program was tabled indefinetely.
Yes, the did actually do a study and did investigate the feasibility of this idea. They wers seriously considering adding 2 row of F on a small sub-fleet of CRJ-200's.
Last year there supposedly was a "secret study" in MSP where they invited a select group of Worldperk Elites to gather feedback on CRJ-200 FC and supposedly had an aircraft outfitted with FC. The participants had to sign a non-disclosure agreement to participate.
Feedback from passengers was overwhelming positive (as you would expect).
NW's position was that they felt it could be used as a competitive tool against other airlines. They also knew that there were a number of routes where they were having to take weight restrictions anyways - so they reduced capacity with a FC could offset the number needed to be "bumped" anyways. Supposedly the numbers were close, it was based on the cost of fuel being significantly cheaper than were we are today.
As you can see now, the economics of the CRJ-200 deteriorate more as fuel increases. They work well on routes where there is a revenue premium but do no work well on low-yield / low demand routes.
Azjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4185 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2457 times:
It would have been 44 seats - but perhaps an increase in revenue for paid F class tickets as well as the absent costs of the remedies to the pax for weight restrictions would have offset the costs. But as mentioned before, the 50 seat jet is already an expensive a/c to operate and with fuel prices being the way they are, decreasing ASMs on the plane isn't prudent at this time.